Marie Arana talks briefly with Jonathan Lethem in the latest Book World and reveals that next month Lethem will release “The Disappointment Artist, a mix of personal essays and cultural commentary.”
The BBC has announced the cast of its £8 million adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. Former X-Files star Gillian Anderson is on the payroll.
Ben Marcus, Richard Bausch, Jim Shephard and other authors wishing to replace Frank Conroy as head of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop will participate in a series of public readings.
A Harvard sophomore has created an online textbook exchange. Says Bookninja: “This is why some people get into Harvard. Every campus should have one.”
“Increasingly, writers, readers and publishers are turning to literature as a bridge between cultures, particularly Western and Arab societies estranged since Muslim extremists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.”
*And am trying to assuage my guilt over something like a thousand unanswered email messages.